Shinyu View: Spotlight Interview with local dog trainer, Lisa Long
Welcome to this week's Shinyu View! Here are some highlights of what we've got for you this week:
+ Interview with local dog trainer Lisa Long with "The Green Dog"
Lisa Long is a Certified Dog Trainer with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with the American Kennel Club (AKC). She is a member of numerous national training associations, the International Association of Canine Professionals, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and is a certified canine nutritionist.
SOMEONE TO KNOW IN THE COMMUNITY
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
My name is Lisa Long, I have owned dogs my entire life and have been training dogs for about 15yrs now. My business is called The Green Dog, with "Green" meaning new or needing training. I offer everything from puppy to advanced training. I can help you with all things training-related, from simple housebreaking all the way to getting an obedience title on your dog. Whatever your training goals are, I can help you get there.
Why is training so important?
Training is no different than school. You can’t have a well-rounded educated child without proper schooling. It's the same for your dog. In fact, it's more important as dogs don't have the ability to just figure out what it is you want from them. You have to show them. They have no understanding of how to live in a human household or how to conform to your schedule. Without basic training, your dog will not fit into your life the way you had hoped which leads to re-homing and surrounding to shelters. Training is a basic requirement just like food and shelter.
What methods do you use?
I'm what you call a balanced trainer. That means I'm versed in many methods and can use a multitude of techniques to get you the results you are looking for. From positive reinforcement to remote collars, they all have a place in training. Each dog is different and what works for one dog won't necessarily work for another. Each owner has their own goals and has their own set of needs. One may just want basic manners, and another may want their dog to have the ability to be completely off-leash at times. One method isn't going to accomplish that. Being a balanced trainer means that I have the tools in my toolbox to get the job done.
Advice for pet parents on training or picking dog trainers:
My advice is to pick a balanced dog trainer - one method is not going to get it done and that method may not be right for your dog. I also recommend going by word of mouth. Just because someone has been doing something for a long time doesn't always mean they are good at it!